How to create Glowing Patio Lanterns Made from Soda Pop Cans Craft Project is a frugal way to re-purpose alumimun soda cans into retro styled light up draping patio decorations.
This is a super creative craft project to make Chinese lanterns from alumimun soda cans. It’s a great way to recycle old cans and turn them into something fun. To being, you’ll need an empty soda can (any size will do), string lights or LEDs, spray paint (of your choice), x-acto knife, hairband, dry erase marker and white pipe cleaners.
* * * How To Make Patio Lanterns: Supplies and Tools
~ Soda Pop Cans
~ String Lights (LED Lights would be preferable as they last so much longer)
~ White cord
~ Spray paint cans – Colors of your choice
~ X-acto Knife
~ Dry Erase Marker (for marking plastic bottles)
~ Hair band or rubber-band to help mark
~ White Pipe Cleaners or white twist ties
~ Glitter is optional
Wrap a rubber band around the can top to mark where you will cut it. You can also use a dry erase marker to draw a line around the band. Do the same for the bottom of the can. Using the x-acto knife, cut vertically between the top and bottom marks, and keep a space of 0.5 inch between each cut.
Now spray the soda pop cans with a color of your choice, and allow the paint to dry. Then simply press the bottom and top of the can to create a bend to shape it into the lamp. It takes a bit of practice but don’t worry, if some of the strips don’t come out right, you can simply push them out with the help of your fingers.
Put 3 or 4 LED lights into each tin can, and leave a few lights out between the cans to create spacing. Use twist ties or pipe cleaners to tie the light string to the soda can pull tab. After you have put all the lights in each tin, hang the cans on your wall and plug the light switch to see your patio lanterns glow.
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